Richard LeBaron

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

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GCC, US Foreign Policy, US policy in the Middle East , US-Gulf relations


Gulf, Middle East


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  • January 05, 2016
    The Daily Signal quotes Nonresident Senior Fellow Richard LeBaron on how the US-Saudi relationship may develop as Saudi Arabia continues to distance itself from Iran:
  • January 04, 2016
    Saudi Arabia’s decision to break diplomatic ties with Iran represents another chapter in the politics of fear that have dominated Saudi military and diplomatic moves since the ascension of King Salman just shy of a year ago. The fear finds
  • November 23, 2015
    On Nov. 23, 1944, the British Prime Minister made his way to the Royal Albert Hall where the American community in London was commemorating Thanksgiving. It’s not clear whether Winston Churchill invited himself or if his remarks were planned. In
  • November 19, 2015
    POLITICO Europe quotes Nonresident Senior Fellow Richard LeBaron on the Obama administration's decision to delay the release of a plan to close the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay:
  • November 17, 2015
    Whether our political leaders and media commentators are willing to declare war on the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is fast becoming somewhat of a litmus test for whether one is serious about defeating this particular brand of
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Full Bio

Richard LeBaron is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council with a special focus on the Gulf region.

Ambassador LeBaron is a career diplomat with over thirty years experience abroad and in Washington. His most recent overseas posting was as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US embassy in London from August 2007 to August 2010. Ambassador LeBaron served as Chargé d'Affaires in London from February to August 2009. Previous to his assignment to London, Ambassador LeBaron served as the US Ambassador to Kuwait (2004 to 2007). From September 2001 to July 2004, Ambassador LeBaron served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the United States in Tel Aviv, Israel. Ambassador LeBaron was Minister-Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the Embassy of the United States in Cairo, Egypt from 1998 to 2001. While posted in Washington from 1991 to 1998, he served in three positions related to the Middle East: Director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council, Director of the Peace Process and Regional Affairs Office in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, and Public Affairs Adviser for the Near Eastern Bureau. From 1991 to 1993, Ambassador LeBaron was Political Officer in the State Department's Office of European Community Affairs. Ambassador LeBaron's earlier overseas diplomatic postings included: Lisbon (1989-91), Tunis (1986-89), New Delhi (1982-84) and Managua (1980-82). Before he entered the Foreign Service, the Ambassador held a two-year consultancy in Brazil working on science policy issues. Ambassador LeBaron studied at the University of Colorado (BA) and The George Washington University (MA).